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Angels reliever Scott Downs put on DL with shoulder injury

Aug 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Scott Downs entered the All-Star break having allowed one earned run in 30 innings, but he’s coughed up nine runs in five innings since then and now the Angels have placed him on the disabled list with a strained shoulder.

According to manager Mike Scioscia “right now it’s a minor issue and we want to keep it that way.”

Hisanori Takahashi was called up from Triple-A to take Downs’ spot on the roster and in the bullpen, although Scioscia won’t trust him to fill Downs’ late-inning role.

At age 36 any type of shoulder problem is a big worry, but the left-hander told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that the injury didn’t occur until Friday and wasn’t to blame for his previous second-half struggles.

Downs has somewhat quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball since shifting to the bullpen full time in 2007, throwing a total of 325 innings with a 2.21 ERA during that time and never posting an ERA above 3.09.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I wish him well and hope it is not serious. He was great when he pitched in Toronto.

  2. Jeremy - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Remember him pitching for my Expos. The number of active players who wore that uniform continues to dwindle…

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